Several desperate job searchers have fallen prey to an ongoing recruitment fraud that began in January of this year.
The number of casualties, according to the Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations, is in the hundreds.
“Scores of disgruntled young people have been flocking to the ministry to submit complaints since January; they number in the hundreds, and they come practically every day to file reports,” the ministry’s Assistant Public Relations Officer, Mr Osei-Opoku Gyamfi, told the Daily Graphic last Friday.
Mr. Osei-Opoku Gyamfi, the ministry’s Assistant Public Relations Officer, told the Daily Graphic on Friday that “hundreds of unhappy young people have been coming to the ministry to register complaints since January; they number in the hundreds, and they come almost every day to make reports.”
It said that the ministry was not a recruitment organization and advised the public to reject any job offer material ostensibly coming from the ministry.
The fraudsters used bogus publications to suggest that candidates would be granted civil service positions, but such recruitments were done online, according to one of the scam victims who talked with the Daily Graphic.
According to him, the publication included a contact number, which most victims utilized to connect with the fraudsters, and they (victims) were instructed to deposit their funds into a mobile money account.
However, no candidates were accepted into the program after over a year, and their funds were not reimbursed.
Following allegations from several of the victims, national security became involved, and Lizelle Bortha, the lady at the center of the scam, and her accomplice, Fred Avornyo, were detained.